Monday, December 23, 2013

Campus Book Rentals

Every year I have the lucky job of making the student's art supply list. A lot goes into making that list. Beyond that the student's have a book list. Many students get their books new.

It's hard to have a book sell back program at a small art school. As much as we would love to start getting digital books, the students do not have laptops first semester. Even when they get their MacBooks, publishing companies for ebooks are not consistent. Some rent out e-books, while others sell them to keep. Many online books have no page numbers on the book, so it's hard to tell the students to read certain pages. There are just too many problems going that route.

This is why I love the idea of Campus Book Rentals and Rent Back.

Some Perks About Campus Book Rentals:
  1. They have a huge selection of books. 
  2. They have live help. To me this is such a perk. It's difficult going to a site, having questions, and not having someone there that can help.
  3. There is no fee to sign up.
  4. They have a 1-800 number. It's very visible.
  5. College students spend 40-90% off what they would if they bought the book full price. If the student loves the book they can keep it and just pay the difference. 
  6. The book can be highlighted or underlined in with no additional cost to the student.
  7. Renting a book is kinder to the environment. Books that you don't want to buy, but need, is then reused by someone else. 
  8. The book can be returned in 30 days for any reason. I know instructors change their mind on books. They are flexible on their renting periods.
  9. The shipping is free both ways. The company actually gives the student a self addressed envelope for easy returning.
  10. For every book rented, they donate money to Operation Smile. A nonprofit organization that helps children that are born with a cleft pallet.  
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Masshole Mommy said...

It's an awesome idea. I remember spending a small fortune on books when I was in college and I barely got a fraction of it back at the end of the semester, if anything.

mail4rosey said...

The cost of books (and tuition for that matter) is atrocious. It's nice that there are these kinds of things to help with cutting the corners!

Maryann D. said...

My daughter always had plenty of art supplies to buy for college, but she is still using them. She kept her art history books, they were super expensive. But my son just returned his books that he rented. It is so nice to just mail them back with pre-paid postage to Campus book Rentals.
twinkle at optonline dot net

Theresa Mahoney said...

They do offer such an affordable option for kids in college!

Seth said...

Yes! Rentals is a good idea as students, including myself at one time, pay way too much money for books they'll likely never use after school.


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